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Fartlek Training: Lessons from Kenya Series Part 4

Fartlek Training: Lessons from Kenya Series Part 4

Fartlek for Distance Runners The 4th in our Lessons from Kenya series sees us delve into the world of Fartlek. Most readers of this blog will be well versed in the basic concept of Fartlek, the original term meaning ‘sped play’ in Swedish, so we won’t spend too long...

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Recover the Kenyan Way: Lessons from Kenya Series Part 3

Recover the Kenyan Way: Lessons from Kenya Series Part 3

Part 3 of our Lessons from Kenya Series focuses on the importance of recovery for distance runners. Specifically, we look at the most important and often overlooked recovery mechanism, sleep. Sleep is prioritised by Kenyan runners and this article explores why it...

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Kenyan Runner Mindset: Lessons from Kenya Series Part 2:

Kenyan Runner Mindset: Lessons from Kenya Series Part 2:

The second instalment of our Lessons from Kenya series looks at the Kenyan Runners Mindset and explores the importance of focusing on your own performance. This lesson is based on my own experience as a runner in Kenya as well as time spent observing Kenyan runners up...

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The Importance of Hills: Lessons from Kenya Series part 1:

The Importance of Hills: Lessons from Kenya Series part 1:

In this series, Gavin looks back at the lessons he has learned from his various experiences of Kenya and Kenyan running. Gavin's experience in Kenya is wide and varied, he has coached some of Kenya's most decorated athletes alongside master coach Renato Canova, lived...

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Kenya Experience Head Coach Hugo featured by World Athletics

Kenya Experience Head Coach Hugo featured by World Athletics

Kenya Experience Head Coach Hugo van den Broek featured by World Athletics Kenya Experience Head Coach Hugo van den Broek has been featured on the World Athletics website. World Athletics are the global governing body (formerly known as IAAF) snd they have published a...

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Listen to your body! What does that actually mean?

Listen to your body! What does that actually mean?

Coach Cal takes a look at the old adage of 'Listening to your body'. It's something runners are often told to do. But what does it actually mean and how can you get better at it?  In our latest blog article, Gavin discussed some of the approaches to training that are...

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The Good, the Bad, and the Missing of Kenyan Traning

The Good, the Bad, and the Missing of Kenyan Traning

Should you train like the Kenyans? This blog answers that question by looking at 8 ways the Kenyan style of training can impact your own running. Three things to copy, two things you need not worry about, and three things where you should consider doing the opposite...

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What we can learn from the elites

What we can learn from the elites

In our last blog post we highlighted the risks associated with attempting to copy the training programs of elite runners and explained why this is not an effective way of getting the most out of your own running. The underlining message of that article, however, was...

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Why You Shouldn’t Copy the Elites

Why You Shouldn’t Copy the Elites

Finding new, imaginative and most importantly, effective ways of training is a relatively common pass time for most runners. Whether you have reached a bit of a plateau in performance and are looking for ways to break through, or you are simply searching for new ways...

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The Ups & Downs of Racing in Kenya

The Ups & Downs of Racing in Kenya

The blog retells some of Gavin's experiences of racing in Iten and Eldoret against some of the best runners in Kenya.  I wrote a description for a Instagram and Facebook post last week to go alongside a photo of me racing in Kenya. Unfortunately it was more than...

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